Julien Sykes Capstone

America is supposed to be land of the free and the home of the brave.  This is supposed to be a place where everyone is treated equally and fairly but yet we still have a mindset that dates back to the 1800's.  Recently, there have been a lot racial tension and friction because of the case of Michael Brown.  His killer, Officer Darren Wilson, was not tried for his crime and still continues to live as a free man.  That decision brought so much devastation and hopelessness to some of my peers that I felt obligated to do something about it.  This extremely unfortunate incident sparked inspiration for my Capstone.  I felt that topic in the media is often overlooked and I wanted to shed some light on it but I also wanted to be creative with my Capstone.  I didn't want it to be a generic piece of work that I did not care about at all so I gathered some artists around the school who made submissions and gave explanations on why they support the cause and what their piece represents/symbolizes.  The platform I decided to use was a website because the site can live forever on the Internet and would not be so easily forgotten.  If we want to change to happen, we have be a constant presence in the face of our attackers.  

​"5 Website Design Tips to Make Your Site More Attractive - WebDesignOutsource.net." WebDesignOutsourcenet. N.p., 31 Jan. 2010. Web. 22 May 2015. <http://www.webdesignoutsource.net/5-website-design-tips-to-make-your-site-more-attractive/>.

This website gave me the insight I needed to make an attractive website.  I want my website to be something that we easy on the eyes and can still keep the interest of the reader.

"Tips to Make Your Website More Visually Appealing." Metroland Digital Solutions. N.p., 03 Jan. 2014. Web. 22 May 2015. <http://metrolanddigital.com/tips-to-make-your-website-more-visually-appealing/>.

I needed to find multiple sources on the same topics to see which ones were the most mentioned.  Since some tips were very repetitive, I feel that they were the most important to address and follow through with.

"Make Your Website Famous." Entrepreneur. N.p., 16 Aug. 2007. Web. 22 May 2015. <http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/193476>.

Another thing every website needs is notoriety.  For my Capstone to make an impact on society, I had to learn how to make it a topic on everyday conversations amongst people.  Therefore, I needed to gain insight as to how to approach it.

"4 Creative Ways to Attract More Visitors to Your Website." 99U. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 May 2015. <http://99u.com/articles/7070/4-creative-ways-to-attract-more-visitors-to-your-website>.

To keep my website from being boring or generic, I used this article to find more extraordinary ways to present my website’s presence to other people.  I also felt that with a creative way to reach people, my site was bound to be remembered by them.

Bergman, Sirena. "Top Tips for Designing a Business Website." The Guardian. N.p., 22 Feb. 2013. Web. 22 May 2015. <http://www.theguardian.com/small-business-network/2013/feb/22/top-tips-website-design>.

This another source on how to build an effective site.  It contains tips on how to build a site for a business but I still think they can apply for my site/blog.

"The Complete Guide to Building Your Audience." Quicksprout. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 May 2015. <http://www.quicksprout.com/the-complete-guide-to-building-your-blog-audience/>.

Since I want to attract a diverse group of readers to my website, I needed to learn how to attract an audience.  This source really helps me understand how to readers will think and react to the different aspects of the sites they visit.

Smith, Jacquelyn. "14 Ways To Make Your Blog Get Real Attention." Forbes. Forbes Magazine, n.d. Web. 22 May 2015. <http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/2013/08/06/14-ways-to-make-your-blog-get-real-attention/>.

This is another source for achieving notoriety for your site.  I feel that multiple sources can it easier to determine which pieces of advice are the most important.

Gunelius, Susan. "15 Tips to Increase Blog Traffic." About.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 May 2015. <http://weblogs.about.com/od/bloggingtips/tp/TipsIncreaseBlogTraffic.htm>.

When I found this source, I thought that it would help my notoriety in an upward direction as the rest of them would.

"How to Identify Your Blog's Target Audience." One Cool Site. N.p., 01 Sept. 2013. Web. 22 May 2015. <http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2013/09/01/how-to-identify-your-blogs-target-audience/>.

This article is different in terms of content.  This site gives the signs and giveaways of what audience your site attracts and how to change that if necessary.

Sabourin, Tori. "How to Build An Audience for Your New Blog." SHIFT Communications PR Agency Boston New York San Francisco Austin RSS. N.p., 17 Sept. 2014. Web. 22 May 2015. <http://www.shiftcomm.com/2014/09/how-to-build-an-audience-for-your-new-blog/>.

This source gave me the information I needed to build an audience.  It suggests reaching all parts of the demographic with universal, objective content.